Mobile Application For Power Consumers

 

Client

Our client is one of the Asia’s largest integrated power company with a significant international presence. From Fuel and Logistics to Generation and Transmission to Distribution and Trading-exploring various renewable sources of energy globally, they now have a significant presence in wind,olar, hydro and geothermal energy space.

 

Business Need

This Enterprise customer wanted to build a consumer mobile application. This application will be the principle tool for the consumer to know their energy consumption, pay & view their bills, get energy saving tips, Grievances & Feedback, Outage Intimation & Status, participate in demand response program and Remote connection/disconnection of load. This app will have to be compatible with smart phone operating systems such as iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows etc.

 

Challenges

-The existing portal was developed by a third party company using MS .Net and deployed in IIS server.
- As per their production operations team they had multiple DB failures and the system was not meant for high scalability to support huge set of consumers.
- There were no REST Webservices available for the mobile apps to obtain the data from the middleware.
- The current production setup was hosted in a small data center which did not have the facility for high availability/scalability/performance.
- Promotion and creating awareness among consumers about the mobile application and its usage

 

Benifts Expected by the customer

-Consumer delight by providing this handy & cognitive tool
-Brand propagation & advertising by setting new trend
-Offer promotional schemes of Demand Side Management for consumer sensitization
-Saving peak power and reduction in purchase of merchant power in multiple languages.
-Enabling Participation of consumer in demand Response
-Getting ready for the future markets of real time pricing which involves consumer participation (i.e. Time of Day tariff)
-Opens opportunity for new business concept like prepaid power connection & Real time Distributed Generation purchase through micro Grid
-To be competitive by setting new trends & benchmarking practices
-To stabilize the peak load demand by facilitating speedy and swift interaction with consumers.
-Improvised power restoration process and reducing pressure on consumer
-Being Proactive for dynamic energy markets, because of Smart Grid initiatives
-Driving force for other Smart grid initiatives & Visualization by consumer
-Gravitate the power distribution market for Private utility inplanned cities

Envisaged Savings

-Global studies shows that a consumers who are aware of their consumption pattern ends up saving 15 – 20% of energy
-The projected consumption for direct consumers excluding Transport for FY2013 is 2261 MUs
-Considering a very conservative figure of 5% savings as against the global figure of 20% the total savings from direct consumers will be around 113 MUs during peak time which is quite substantial
-The average total calls per day handled by the Call Centre is 1600 commercial calls and 1000 Technical calls
-80% of Total technical calls from Consumers need 3 SMS Messages per call.
-The call flow can be reduced by 25% with reduction of 20% Manpower

Implemantation Steps

1. Development of mobile application with few modules like Energy
consumption pattern and Billing modules (SAP-CRM Integration)
2. Launching a pilot project for key consumers
3. Integration with OMS, AMI
4. Launching full-fledged application

Implemantation Methodology

-Agile / Scrum Development
-Small software releases with rapid cycles
-Early testing to ensure greater accuracy
-Quicker adaptation to changes
-Continuous integration
-Test Driven Development

Technology Overview

JQuery mobile - Seriously cross-platform with HTML5. jQuery mobile framework takes the "write less, do more" mantra to the next level: Instead of writing unique apps for each mobile device
or OS, the jQuery mobile framework allows you to design a single highly-branded web site or application that will work on all popular smartphone, tablet, and desktop platforms.

Phone Gap

-To develop cross-platform applications.
-Uses Web Kit as the rendering engine.
-Use HTML/CSS/JS to develop deployable apps.

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Result

We were successfully able to demo the Proof of Concept and were also successful in convincing the customer to go ahead with the proposed Amazon cloud infrastructure as in page no. 5

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